Celtic Connections 2013 programme launched
The music fest launches anniversary programme featuring The Mavericks, Aimee Mann and more
The cultural behemoth that is Celtic Connections looks set to bring its A-game next year, as it celebrates 20 years on the music scene with a bumper programme from around the globe. Folk, roots, indie and jazz will all be represented as stalwarts of the scene, including The Mavericks, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kate Rusby, Roddy Hart, Karine Polwart and the Lonesome Fire, Aimee Mann and Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, make an appearance, in Glasgow.
Never a festival to forget its roots, the Opening Concert will celebrate and showcase an array of artists who have played at Connections over the past two decades, with performers including Eddi Reader, Julie Fowlis, Cara Dillon and Capercaillie returning to the fold.
Other highlights of the programme include Galician piper Carlos Núñez and Americana string band Old Crow Medicine Show, the latter of which will perform at the Barrowland Ballroom. Elsewhere, the global talent continues with Salif Keita who mixes West African sounds with pop, jazz and Latin influences.
Gaelic influences, too, are well represented with singer Flora MacNeil and Ireland’s Peadar Ó Riada. The festival will also boast a hotly anticipated indie strand with Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire, among others, returning to showcase tracks from their new EP.
Various venues, Glasgow, 17 Jan--3 Feb 2013.